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Share your favourite Grand Final memories here and conduct discreet brags about how many you’ve been to haha!

I went to the first one between Wigan and Leeds as a neutral - nowhere near full but you could see the potential.

Since then I saw Saints beat Wigan as underdogs, the win over plucky Hull FC and a couple of sickening back to back defeats by Leeds!

What are your favourite memories or even funny stories?

 

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Been to a few as neutral, but I absolutely loved seeing my own team walk out at Old Trafford. Watched Wire 3 times there (was on holiday for one of the others) and loved the first two despite losing to Leeds and Wigan - they were brilliant games of RL, great skill, atmosphere, controversy etc. The last one I went to I was bored to tears (Price as manager vs Wigan).

Most disappointed with the Cas v Leeds one, but that was because it just wasn't a contest.

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1 hour ago, Gerrumonside ref said:

Share your favourite Grand Final memories here and conduct discreet brags about how many you’ve been to haha!

I went to the first one between Wigan and Leeds as a neutral - nowhere near full but you could see the potential.

Since then I saw Saints beat Wigan as underdogs, the win over plucky Hull FC and a couple of sickening back to back defeats by Leeds!

What are your favourite memories or even funny stories?

 

2014 - The Ben Flower GF, best moments was seeing Wellens celebrate as the whistle gone, knowing what he had endured in the previous Grand Finals.

2019 - Percival's grubber for himself to score under the posts in front of the fans and me knowing that was the win secured.

2020 - Goes without saying what the best moment was, my poor neighbours must have wondered what was happening. 

Hard to pick any favourite moments as a neutral. Watching on tv and it normally being between two teams I both want to lose makes it hard to have the same emotional significance!

I'd say Burrow's try and the Scott Donald try (2007?) stand out against Saints, but clearly not some of my favourite moments!

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It's a tie between the horrendous memories of 1999 and the Michael Withers 'knock on' that never was. Or the 2002 Joynt voluntary tackle affair. As they say on Facebook, I was 'fuming hun'. 

Only part of the reason I will be shouting for Catalans on Saturday. Very very loudly.

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Jason Robinson in 98, in fact the whole game. I'd been to Premiership games at OT before that but the atmosphere was completely different that night. Previously it was more like an end of season festival but suddenly it was was deadly serious with the Championship being on the line. This year will be my 22nd GF I think, missed just 2 including 2020 of course.

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The Bulls spanking Wigan in 2001 was good.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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My brother came to the 2003 final with me, he got absolutely ratted and I lost him - and I  missed my last train home after wandering around Manchester looking for him. I eventually got the Trans-pennine express to Huddersfield about midnight (after distracting the coppers stopping people getting on) Train was jam packed and boiling hot, got out at Huddersfield and taxi home for an arm and a leg. 
Turned out my brother had decided to get a taxi home, been robbed by the taxi driver (if he was one!) and got a taxi home and made his Mrs pay when he got home. (About £80)

Needless to say, it was all my fault. 😆

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2002, I was at the NRL Grand Final, Warriors v Sydney Roosters nd Mozzer.  At half time,  the entertainment was billed as Billy Idol, (White Wedding and all that) the stage and lighting were very quickly set-up and Mr Idol enters the ground standing up on the back of a quad bike waving a flag of some sort with all floodflights trained on him.  He jumps off the bike, the crowd applause, the band strikes up, he runs across the stage, he grabs the mic, he shouts the usual to the crowd and suddenly there's a power failure to the band - all sound from them stops.  He runs off stage, gets on the quad and rides out of the stadium in the gloom to the boos of the crowd.

Marvellous!  Catch it on Youtube

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Russell Watson singing 'Nessun Dorma' before the start of the 99 Final, now thats the way to get the crowd going.

This year's performance of 'Abide with me' and 'God save the Queen' at the Challenge Cup Final was frankly attrocious darlings, hardly a note in tune.

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